Contrast : Dickinson contrasts two different emotional responses to the snake: joy and fear. This idea implies that the closer one gets to nature, the closer one gets to death. Make sure you like Beamingnotes Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter so that we can keep in touch. This poem express nature's infamous creatures, the snake. Which sentence best describes how this metaphor communicates the meaning of the poem? Dickinson is ascribing a certain amount of superiority to the snake by saying it inhabits places the narrator will never know or understand. She, like , simplified her life in terms of objects and duties. A large number of people, particularly expert critics of American Literature seem to believe that the snake in the poem is used as a ornately wrought metaphor for a dick.
Writing about sexuality in the nineteenth century was not as taboo as we might think. It also shows that it is hard to see the snake because is twisting in the grass. It is hard to tell when the fear of snakes came upon the speaker, but it would appear as though it was sometime after his first boyhood encounter with a snake that he tried to catch. For the major theme of the poem, the essay has detailed how Dickson strives to symbolize the dysfunctional relationship between appearances and the reality. The most used sense in this particular poem is that of the visual, in which Dickinson uses it in every stanza. Throughout the poem hints are presented through vivid descriptions.
However, most readers can relate to the feeling of fear that would come upon them if they met a snake at their feet in the grass. Dickinson made many deviations from the conventional exact rhyme used by her poet contemporaries. Wisdom comes from understanding both aspects of the snake and, by extension, the dual nature of all creatures. The speaker recalls walking through the grass barefoot as a child and noticing a whip or lash that seems to be coming apart in the sun. However, the boy learns quickly that the closer he gets to the snake and, consequently, to nature, the more it eludes his grasp.
The snake, one of the most notorious creatures in the natural world, has long been a symbol of treachery. The grass divides as with a comb, A spotted shaft is seen; And then it closes at your feet And opens further on. It is serious, but not to the point of gloom. Of course, from the beginning, the reader may be thinking about the slithery or venomous qualities of snakes that bring dread to most people. The speaker recalls being well deceived by the snake.
The essay identified numerous aspects of the poem that depict Dickson's unique style such as theme, rhyming scheme, words choice, meter and imagery metaphors. These hints along with the poet's use of tone, title, and associations, help the reader understand the given piece. Along with strides made by white women and blacks was the continuous shameful treatment of. Dickinson writes: But never met this Fellow Attended, or alone Without a tighter breathing And Zero at the Bone— Here the poem shows its underlying complexity, developing the image of the snake to show more than one aspect. The snake brings out the same feeling of being unprepared from its sudden appearance.
In this poem for instance, she employs very short stanzas. This enables her to construct an impressive rhyme scheme that denotes the all too familiar Protestant hymns and nursery rhymes. Now, he is a snake who prefers a certain type of home. There is something invisible, or ghost-like, in the way the snake slithers along, for the creature is mostly unseen but evidently there. This shows her attachment with nature.
Paul Ferlazzo believes that while romantic poet Walt Whitman believed death signaled unity with nature because his body would be buried in the dirt and then renewed, Dickinson thought that death signaled a complete disconnection with nature and, therefore, the end of her relationship with it. Dialogs about sexuality were carried on in covert ways. I like the reminiscing narrative as well. Dickinson went to primary school for four years and then attended Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847 before spending a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The poem is a depiction of her artistry; it is a prime example of the effective use of imagery in the poetry. All other literary devices employed in the poem as discussed hereunder, express this singular theme. But the snake is elusive; it hides in the grass, flitting out of sight when the speaker spots it.
With the first few lines, the speaker intended to trick the reader into picturing a human being, so that it comes as a shock when the reader realizes that this poem is about a snake. The snake is being compared to death, as death and snakes both come abruptly. Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous American poets, known for her deep variations from traditional poetry, especially her use of dashes for emphasis and for adjusting the meter of her poetry. The stanzas have very few words in each line and each stanza has only four of these short lines. Dickson recreates a natural world by portraying vivid images. Just as the young boy was about to grasp this creature, it disappeared.